DIY – Metallic Storage Bags from Jeans

October 12, 2014

diy fabric storage planter bags adorablestDIY – Metallic Storage Bags from Jeans. You may have seen these types of “storage bags” (made from a kind of paper) – in magazines, fashionable homewares stores, cafes and the like.  Here’s a DIY – How to Make Metallic Storage Bags from Old Jeans! 

You will need:

  • Jeans. Any colour you please. They will need to be bootleg (wide leg) jeans or at least straight leg. Skinny jeans that taper to the ankle won’t work with the folding.
  • Sewing Machine or Needle & Thread. Only a small amount of sewing!
  • Primer. It’s worth doing, if you want a really shiny, metallic look.
  • Spray Paint. I used metallic copper.
  • Spray Mask. Safety first.
  • Paint Brush & Clean Up Material (water or turps). For the Primer.
  • Workspace. Outdoors for the spray painting, preferably somewhere not to annoy the neighbours and try not to do it on a really windy day.

How to :

Measure 35cm up from the hem of your jeans – Cut.

I’m going to show you TWO ways – it’s personal preference what you like. It’s going to depend on 1) whether you like the already sewn rustic seams on the inside of the jeans to be visible on the outside and 2) whether and where, you want the inside or the outside of the jeans to show as the feature of the bag.

storage planter bags instructionsThe leg above (the outside of the jeans facing out in this picture), when turned out, after sewing across SEW HERE, will look like this below…

fabric storage bags style 1The outside of the jeans, become the upper rolled down part of the bag. In this case, I wanted the TOP part to be the darker, outside of the jeans showing.

fabric storage bags style 1 paintedSo I could do this – Paint the BOTTOM part (which is the inside of the jeans) with primer and then sprayed with metallic copper. Unfold first before any painting and spraying.

storage planter bags instructionsHope this is making sense! This is the second way you could also sew them.

The leg above this time (outside of the jeans facing together in this picture), when turned out, after sewing across SEW HERE, will look like this below…

fabric storage bags style 2The inside of the jeans, become the upper rolled down part of the bag. In this case, I wanted the BOTTOM part to be the darker, outside of the jeans showing.

fabric storage bags style 2So I could do this – Paint the TOP part (which is the inside of the jeans) with primer and then sprayed with metallic copper. Unfold first before any painting and spraying.

Here’s a quick reference diagram –

storage planter bags summaryPoint to Note:

  • Basically, cut a pair of jeans and take the time to think about how you’d like the finished bag to look, practice rolling the top, sew, then paint (or not) accordingly. Just a thought – you may like the INSIDE of the material to be the feature too!
  • Painting with the primer makes a difference! I tried without and the jeans absorbed the metallic spray paint and they were rather dull. If you want a shiny finish, use a primer! Although it does make them stiffer, the creases add to the effect.
  • Consider their intended purpose. If using for food storage, use them (washed and) unpainted. If using for plants, you will still need the plant to be in a plastic pot with a saucer, before it can be placed into the bag (i.e not potted straight into it).
  • You can actually get 4 bags from one pair of jeans. Just cut another 35cm, follow the steps again and you’ll still be left with some cut off jeans shorts for summer!
  • Use Sharpies or textile markers to design a pattern on lighter jeans too.

diy fabric storage bagsdiy fabric storage bagsThese are cuttings of Portulacaria afra (Dwarf Jade), inside one each of the finished bags. The diameter (opening) across for these are about 15cm – enough for a plant, craft supplies, stationery or whatever.  Enjoy!fabric storage planter bags adorablest

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